Summer in Costa Rica falls roughly during winter in USA and Europe. This is why our beautiful country is usually very popular from November to April. However, many people are reluctant to visit the country during the rainy season in the mistaken belief that it rains too much to enjoy the discovery. It is time to dismantle these prejudices and to explain to you why travel to Costa Rica during the green season.
First, beyond the purely climatic concerns, the country remains very pleasant during the green season. The locals even prefer this season because it is less hot. As its name indicates, the country is very green in this period. And as paradoxical as it may seem when talking about a tropical country, the Guanacaste region and the Nicoya Peninsula (northwest of the country) are regularly burned by the sun. At the end of the dry season, the trees on the beach don't have a leaf left. While in the rainy season, the whole country is green and breathes life.
This parameter can be noticed in particular at the level of the animal life. The rainy season marks the mating season of many species. The red macaws, for example, can be observed much more easily. From July to October, turtles come to Tortuguero to lay their eggs. And the following months, you can witness the birth of the little turtles. On the other side, on the Pacific side, humpback whales swim in the warm waters between Manuel Antonio and the south of the country. The Marino Ballena park in Uvita is very famous and favorable for their observation.
Does it really rain a lot?
To twist the first fantasy, it does not rain every day and all the time. Indeed, the first months of the rainy season are rather calm with only 10 to 30 minutes of rain in the afternoon. It is particularly pleasant to smell the scent of the forest and the rebirth of the vegetation at this time. The month of July is even rather sunny and nicknamed the Verrannillo. The rainy season is really marked from August to November, with always a tendency for sun in the morning and rain in the afternoon and/or evening.
However, this remark must be taken with a pinch of salt... Indeed, these seasons are marked for the central valley and the Pacific coast. On the other hand, the Caribbean zone, which is rainy all year round, goes through its "dry season" in September and October. When you consider that this includes the areas of Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Sarapiqui and the Arenal volcano, these are in fact some of the best destinations that show their best face at this time.
Finally, for more pragmatic reasons, the green season corresponds to the low season. The hotels therefore charge better prices. In addition, demand is much lower. You will have easier access to the best services, and will be less bothered by tourists in the rare regions marked by a high concentration (Manuel Antonio, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde). So, here is why traveling to Costa Rica during the rainy season can sometimes be more judicious than traveling during the dry season!
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